Angie Groom – Volunteer Spotlight

5 Feb, 2020
Bark Avenue Foundation

Angie Groom is a lovely Brit who moved to California 24 years ago and thankfully she did as she has “always had a deep love and empathy for animals, but only really got actively involved in animal welfare when I moved to Glendale in 2002 and started volunteering at Glendale Humane.  After seeing what a difference volunteering can make to the lives of our furry friends, I also volunteered with other organizations, and became a big supporter of Best Friends Animal Society, and love to visit their sanctuary in Southern Utah frequently!”

To our delight Angie first became involved with Bark Avenue Foundation when she learned of what she referred to as “the vital and lifesaving services BAF provides” to the people experiencing homelessness, which includes veterans, the disabled, seniors, etc., the most vulnerable members of our community that have pets.  Angie continued stating, “I admire the proactive approach they take with their Humane Education program and Free Spay/Neuter Clinics, both of which are currently lacking and essential for us to ever become a no-kill community.”

Since joining the team Angie shared that her “favorite thing about volunteering has been getting to know the wonderful staff and volunteers associated with Bark Avenue Foundation.  They are a very well-run unit and go way and above in making all their volunteers feel welcome and appreciated.”  Certainly, the least we can do is make volunteers feel welcome as Angie is an experienced foster that opens her heart and home to so many cats/kittens in need.  She wanted to make sure we included that she is currently fostering a sweetheart of a little tuxedo mama cat, Penny, who would dearly like to find her fur-ever home before Kitten Season is upon us.  She wants everyone to know that Penny is affectionate, gentle, well mannered, and so ladylike, and would be a delightful addition to any loving home.

When asked about a favorite memory with BAF she conveyed it was being part of the team for the annual Strut Your Mutt 5K Fundraiser in 2018.  She was accompanied by her adorable little rescue Chiweenie son Dexter, who ironically was originally saved by Bark Avenue in 2014.  “I was thrilled that Dexter was able to join me and give back in his precious little adorable way!!  He also had a total blast!”  But don’t let this fool you as Angie fills her home and heart with 6 other rescue fur children (the split is 4 cats and 3 dogs; whose ages range from 3 to 19)!

Angie definitely minimizes her maximum involvement and the lifesaving impact she has.  Not only does she volunteer for several animal welfare organizations, she does so in a variety of ways and with the most positive attitude.  Angie fosters, volunteers, attends events, donates items and funds just to mention a few as the list goes on and on, all while working a fulltime job at a children’s not for profit based in Pasadena.  She also manages to enjoy other hobbies including hiking in the San Gabriel foothills, Yoga and Zumba.  Bark Avenue Foundation is so very fortunate to have Angie on the team, have her support and friendship, as she is a fantastic example of all the ways one can give of themselves and how giving in just one way can make all the difference in altering the future.

If you are inspired by Angie and interested in contributing in anyway please contact christy@barkaveneufoundation.org